Sunday, January 15, 2006

radio

Seventy-five percent of the older population listens to the radio one to four hours per day, suggesting that this is a favorite medium for many older people. Radio stations tend to target their programming to smaller audiences and this allows a person to choose a favorite, whether it be classical music, religious, ethnic, 24-hour news or talk show stations. Many older listeners enjoy the interviews and may phone in questions and responses to the talk shows regularly. Some radio stations provide programs during which books are read, congressional hearings are covered, and dramatic works are aired. National Public Radio broadcasts "From the Bookshelf" five days a week, an excellent way to "read" current best sellers.
Shortwave reception is better than ever, although it does require special equipment. Older individuals can enjoy conversing with people in Moscow, London, Paris, or other cities around the world.
Fromme, A. Life After Work. Glenview, Ill.: AARP, 1984.
Gillies, J. A Guide to Caring for and Coping with Aging Parents. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981.

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